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Research seminars: January-February 2013

31 January 2012
PG Research Seminar
Morven Fraser
’Autofiction and a Blog: A Match Made in Heaven? A Case Study of Eric Chevillard’
4pm, School V

6 February 2013
Special event co-organized by the Department of Russian and the Music Centre

Simon Nicholls, Birmingham Conservatoire
“The Worlds of Aleksandr Skryabin: Circumstances, Sources and Inspirations of a Silver Age Musician” (Illustrated talk)
2.15-3.30, Conference Room, Younger Hall, North Street

Followed by:
Recital of the piano music of Aleksandr Skryabin (inc. Sonatas 2 and 10)
5.30-6.30, Younger Hall, North Street

Admission to the recital will be by ticket priced £8/6/3 from the Music Office in the Younger Hall

8 February 2013
Hispanic Research Seminar
Dr María Laura Spoturno (UNLP- CONICET, La Plata)
‘La traducción de poesía. Proyectos de traducción en el ámbito universitario’ 
4-5.30pm, Quad 36 

13 February 2013
ICCL Research Seminar
Dr María Laura Spoturno (UNLP- CONICET, La Plata)
‘Cultural and Discursive Displacements: Chicano Literature in Translation’
5-6.30pm, Buchanan room 216

14 February 2013
PG Research Seminar
Jutta Kling
‘The End of Romanticism As They Knew It: Byron and Heine’
4pm, School V

20 February 2013
ICCL Research Seminar
Dr Marion Dalvai (University of St Andrews)
“Morocco explained? Tahar Ben Jelloun's The Sand Child through the lens of English-language criticism”
5-6.30pm, Buchanan room 216

Tahar Ben Jelloun’s The Sand Child is a highly self-reflexive piece of fiction that is complex enough to cause completely opposing interpretations. It lends itself to a thorough investigation of the mechanics of academic criticism, which is perhaps the mode of writing most obviously based on generative reading.

Marion Dalvai’s analysis concentrates on specific readings of Ben Jelloun’s novel as well as on the cross-fertilization between individual critical readings and critical discourse across cultures. It is worthwhile not only to analyse which lines of argument available to the scholarly community working mainly in English are accepted as meaningful, but also to investigate whether the arguments put forward in English acknowledge or adopt arguments present in Ben Jelloun criticism in French. If so, which arguments travel across cultural and linguistic borders into English easily and which arguments do not?

21 February 2013
German Research Seminar
Prof Alyson Fiddler (Lancaster)
‘Sounding out Austria: Musical Protest in Context’
5.15pm, Buchanan room 215 

22 February 2013
Hispanic Research Seminar
Dr Henriette Partzsch (St Andrews)
‘New Approaches to Nineteenth-Century Literary Culture in Spain’
4-5.30pm, Quad 36 

27 February 2013
French Research Seminar
Linda Goddard (Art History, University of St Andrews)
‘Artists' Writings and the Primitive’
4.30pm, Buchanan 216

28 February 2013
PG Research Seminar
Caroline Lafitte (University of Konstanz)
‘Periodical Discourse and Gendered Anxieties: The Eighteenth-Century Marriage Market’
Sarah Townshend
‘From the Sublime to the Ridiculous: Marriage and Comedy in Seventeenth-Century France’
3pm, Arts Seminar room 7 

28 February 2013
Russian Research Seminar
Andy Byford
Child Science in Late Imperial and Early Soviet Russia, 1881-1936
5-6.30pm, Buchanan room 216 

The paper will discuss the historical contingencies of the rise and fall of the ‘child study’ (paedology) movement in late Imperial and early Soviet Russia. The latter included developmental and educational psychology, child psychiatry and special education, hygiene and paediatrics, juvenile criminology and the social anthropology of childhood. ‘Child study’ will be explored as a highly heterogeneous field of scientific and professional work, carried out through multiple interactions and collaborations between actors belonging to a range of different (in themselves complex and evolving) disciplinary, professional and administrative structures, all claiming some aspect of child development and socialisation as a territory of specialist investigation and professional care. A very brief summary of the history of paedology in Russia and further details on the project can be found at: http://www.dur.ac.uk/russianchildscience/